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Housing benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income.
Can anyone claim housing benefit?
You can claim housing benefit if you live in:
Housing benefit cannot help with mortgage payments. If you own your own home, you may be able to claim council tax support.
Housing benefit is payable in respect of the household. This includes single people, lone parents and married or unmarried couples with or without children. The property must be occupied as the home and there has to be a liability to pay rent.
Claims may only be made in respect of one property at a time except in special circumstances, for example, if you have to vacate the home temporarily through fear of violence.
There are three routes for claiming housing benefit:
If you receive Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance (income based) we may be able to give you enough benefit to pay all of your rent. However, if your rent is too high we have to reduce the amount we pay.
If you do not get Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance (income based) the amount of benefit we can give you depends on the income you have coming in every week, as well as other things including:
We cannot give you any help towards water charges, heating charges and certain other charges including meals.
If you have any other adults living with you such as grown up children we may have to reduce the amount of benefit we can pay you.
This is an exercise that matches electronic data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud.
If you think you may be entitled to benefit, you need to complete and return a Benefits Application Form (PDF File, 314kb). You can also pick up a form from any of our local offices. Alternatively, call 01636 650000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are elderly or have mobility problems we can arrange to visit you in your own home. Please contact us on 01636 650000 to arrange a visit.
Benefit enquiries are by appointment only at Kelham Hall. Appointments will run from 8:45am to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday and until 4pm on Fridays only.
To book an appointment please call customer services on 01636 650000 or speak to the benefits section.
Find out what you may be entitled to with our web benefits calculator.
If you're on a low income, a cold weather payment may be available to help you for each week of very cold weather in your area.
A number of local and national advice services may also be able to help with financial issues.
For customer comments:
Newark and Sherwood District Council